Joe’s grandfather, Glen Fitch, purchased this tractor at an estate sale in 1958. He used it on his dairy farm until the mid 1960s, when he was forced to sell the farm. Afterwards he used it for plowing snow at his home in New Sharon, Maine, until 1970 or so. It was then parked until the early 1990s when Joe’s maternal uncle, Lloyd Perkins, got it running again and started using it for firewood on his property (roughly a mile up the road from Grampa Fitch’s).
In the fall of 2000 it stopped working due to a clog in the carburetor, around the same time that Uncle Lloyd hurt his back. He decided to just leave it parked. Joe started working on it in fall 2009, shortly after the move down to Norridgewock. He drove it out of the woods after a week of laboring on it when time permitted. This past fall, shortly after Tasha and Joe’s first wedding anniversary, the tractor was brought to Norridgewock with the help of Tasha’s brother, Peter. It now sits in the dooryard at the Norridgewock Raymond’s household waiting to be tinkered on in the spring.